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Applications open for Outreach Music Interest Courses

     The Outreach Music Interest Courses organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) are now open for applications. Over 100 courses, ranging from Chinese and Western musical instrument classes to diverse music workshops, will offer a wide variety of choices for applicants of different ages. The courses will be held from September to January next year.

     The new course "Choir Training and Management", for conductors, music teachers and organisers of choirs in schools, community organisations and churches, and those aged 15 or above and interested in this topic, will introduce the basic choral training techniques, voice classification, audition and concert arrangements, and development of a choir.

     Conductors and music teachers of schools and community and church choirs, and those aged 15 or above and possessing Grade 5 theory, can also consider the "Choral Conducting Workshop", in which the conductor's roles, different conducting styles and body languages, rehearsal and conducting techniques and methods in selection of repertoire will be covered.

     The regular workshop series includes ocarina, guitar, vocal singing, keyboard playing, Western music theory (Grades 1 and 2) and aural training, as well as ensemble playing on flute, saxophone, Chinese musical instruments, Western strings and Western orchestral instruments. The course fees for the workshop series range from $189 to $630.

     The Outreach Music Interest Courses also provide basic training on xiao, dizi, liuyeqin, pipa, zhong-ruan, yangqin, zheng, erhu, clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, percussion (glockenspiel and practice pad), violin, viola and cello. The course fee is $840.

     All courses will be conducted in small groups in Cantonese. They will be held at different venues throughout Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sha Tin Town Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre, Tai Po Civic Centre, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre, Hong Kong Central Library, Pei Ho Street Sports Centre (Sham Shui Po) and the Music Office's music centres at Wan Chai, Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan.

     Online applications are now available at the Music Office's website Course prospectuses and application forms are also available at all performing venues of the LCSD and music centres of the Music Office. The deadline for applications is July 25. Applications for oversubscribed courses will be processed by ballot. For remaining quotas after the first round of application, places will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis from August 20.

     For enquiries, please call 2596 0898 or 2598 8335.

Ends/Friday, July 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:31


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